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Neil Ramirez sent down to get rest
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Cubs sent pitcher Neil Ramirez down to Triple-A Iowa Saturday, but he won't be reporting right away.

Manager Rick Renteria told ESPNChicago.com Saturday the team is sending Ramirez down to get some rest. Renteria expects Ramirez to be used sparingly while at Iowa, and should be back in the majors after the minimum of 10 days down is up.

Ramirez has been arguably the Cubs' best reliever this season, posting an 0.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 28 innings of work.

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Manny Machado healthy enough to return Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, after he missed four due to a back injury. This is the first game Machado has appeared in since Monday. 

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Neil Ramirez sent to Triple-A Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Cubs optioned pitcher Neil Ramirez back to Triple-A Iowa Saturday, in order to make room on the active roster for Blake Parker's recall.

Ramirez post an 0.96 ERA in 28 innings for the Cubs, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks on the season. 

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Blake Parker returns to Cubs from Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Cubs shuffled the bullpen Saturday, calling up pitcher Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa to replace Neil Ramirez on the active roster.

Parker appeared in five games for the Cubs earlier in the season, posting a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings of work.

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Buddy Carlyle returns to Mets
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Mets purchased the contract of pitcher Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday, after Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Carlyle appeared in five games with the Mets earlier in the season, allowing just one run in seven innings of work.

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Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree sent to Triple-A after trade
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

After acquiring pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree from the Giants on Saturday, the Red Sox have reassigned both players to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to the Providence Journal.

Escobar posted a 5.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 37 walks in 111 innings at Triple-A Fresno before the trade. Hembree owned a 3.89 ERA in 39 1/2 innings over 41 appearances for Fresno.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka hits DL with elbow inflammation
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, due to inflammation in his right elbow.

Matsuzaka had an MRI taken on the elbow Friday, which apparently showed enough damage to require a trip to the disabled list. The extent of the injury beyond that is not yet known. 

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Jon Lester wouldn't be 'surprised' if Boston trades him
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Following Friday's start against the Rays, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester told reporters that he wouldn't be surprised if he was traded before the trade deadline, but still remains open to returning next season, MassLive.com reports.

"I don't think anything, especially in Boston, can surprise you," Lester said. "We all understand where we’re at, we understand it's a business. And (general manager Ben Cherington) and ownership have to do what's right for this organization and if that means whoever it may be is traded for prospects or other guys or whatever, that's just part of the business. We all understand it."

Lester's deal expires at the end of the season. In 21 starts, the left-hander is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 143 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Toronto.

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Jake Peavy to make Giants debut Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Newly acquired pitcher Jake Peavy will make his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers, just a day after he was acquired via trade from the Red Sox.

Peavy had a 4.72 ERA on the season over 124 innings with the Red Sox before the trade. 

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A.J. Pierzynski steps right into Cardinals' lineup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, just hours after his signing was made official. Pierzynski is batting sixth and starting behind the plate for his first game.

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